Many artists had rebellious thoughts, and they had their expressions through art. Tamara de Lempicka is one of the artists who embraced Art Deco. Kizette on the balcony depicts a young girl seated on a chair, wearing a flowing grey dress, white socks, and black leather shoes. Kizette was her only child, and she had several paintings of her. Several movements popped up during the 1920s. Expressionism, surrealism, dada, and Art Deco helped to re-shape and re-define the creative disciplines, including art. Lempicka uses expressionism as the theme for Kizette on the balcony. The painting tries to emphasize the role a woman plays in society through a subjective perspective.
The theme of the painting is an inspiration by the symbolism movement of the late 19th century. The portrait tries to elicit moods, passion, and emotional effects more than physical reality. The picture can be found at museum des Beaux-Arts de Nantes in France, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., and various online shops. Lempicka drew this particular piece of art on wove paper. The wove paper had a revolution on watercolor painting. Moreover, it improved oil painting as the painting would last for a long time without losing its authenticity. She also had a watercolor board that provided a firm surface from where she could work. On the finishing of her work, she added different pigments to make the portrait more attractive.
Tamara de Lempicka used Art Deco, which was her choice in many of her pieces. There were different techniques she used to get the required effects on Kizette on the balcony. She used wiping or scraping off so that the picture was clear from different angles. Group of four nudes (1925) - Lempicka's four nudes illustrate eroticism and powerful femininity. In this painting, four nude women are on top of each other and form a circle. Their bodies have heavy models, and their body parts sharply outlined. This piece of art has links to Ingres's elegant, distorted, and fleshy bathers. The person who inspired her most was critic and painter Andre L’Hote. He was the perpetrator of a gentler and less strident form of cubism. Although this picture of her daughter Kizette is naturalistic, the style is “soft cubism.” The girl reflects Lempicka's typical female subjects.